Caribbean Cruise

MercyMe at Sea Caribbean Cruise




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Jan 21 - 28, 2024






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Join this spectacular Christian Cruise to the Caribbean with MercyME



We’re beyond humbled by the number of folks that have cruised with us on MercyMe at Sea since our first adventure back in 2013 and we’re so excited to announce MercyMe at Sea 2024! Who would have thought when we disembarked MercyMe at Sea 2020 that it would be four years until we would return to the beautiful Caribbean?

This cruise will feature everything you’ve come to expect. Time with us and our families. Time with our community—because we know so many of you have built great friendships along the way. But most of all, we hope you find it a time of renewal and re-charging.

Our jaw-dropping destinations for 2024 include Half Moon Cay, Bahamas, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Georgetown, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel, Mexico along with two days at sea to enjoy Holland America’s beautiful Nieuw Statendam. We’ll also be bringing some incredible guests along to inspire your Christian walk. You can expect a week of laughter, luxury, worship, spiritual inspiration and so many unforgettable moments.

If you’re already part of the MercyMe at Sea travel community, we hope you’ll join us in 2024. If you’ve always thought cruising with us sounds like fun but have never hopped aboard, now is your chance! This is a much-enjoyed getaway for us and our families. The only thing that could make it better is having you there to enjoy it along with us!

See you in paradise!

Bart, Mike, Nathan, Robby & Barry



The World’s Best Beaches

On a Caribbean cruise, lush landscapes rise from turquoise waters and palm trees sway in tropical breezes. Amid shimmering seas, your Christian travel experience combines uplifting music, biblical teaching and spiritual inspiration with the world’s most spectacular vistas. Explore the color and culture of the world’s best beaches each day. After relaxing in a tropical oasis, your evenings will overflow with Christian fellowship and worship.





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Nieuw Statendam

Step aboard and enter an elegant world, where every detail is meticulously crafted to provide you with an unparalleled cruising experience. Luxurious suites are adorned with plush furnishings and soothing color palettes. Enjoy a myriad of onboard entertainment and activities; there’s something for everyone.

The Statendam's attentive staff caters to your every need, ensuring that your time onboard exceeds expectations. Enjoy various dining options, including perfectly seared steaks at the upscale grill to expertly crafted international dishes at the specialty restaurant. Each meal is a symphony of flavors designed to delight your palate.

You'll discover that the Statendam is not merely a ship—it's a gateway to extraordinary moments and cherished memories.

Ship's Registry: The Netherlands


  • Deck 1 - Main
  • Deck 2 - Plaza
  • Deck 3 - Promenade
  • Deck 4 - Beethoven
  • Deck 5 - Gershwin
  • Deck 6 - Mozart
  • Deck 7 - Schubert
  • Deck 8 - Navigation
  • Deck 9 - Lido
  • Deck 10 - Panorama
  • Deck 11 - Sun
  • Deck 12 - Observation

Deck 1 - Main

  • Meeting Rooms are multipurpose spaces for corporate gatherings, events and entertainment.
  • Less ocean movement and proximity to the Plaza dining and entertainment.
  • Experience smoother seas on this deck.
  • Get work done at the Internet Center.
  • The Atrium is a three-deck-high, open-floor-designed midship area that features a magnificent glass sculpture hanging from the ceiling. Conveniently close to the Plaza deck.

Deck 2 - Plaza

  • The Dining Room is the flagship dining experience and is a welcoming and sophisticated setting for an exquisite breakfast, lunch or superb multicourse dinner.
  • Enjoy classical cruise ship music and onboard entertainment at the Lincoln Center Stage. In an exclusive partnership with the world’s leading center for the performing arts, music virtuosos perform familiar classics and twists on contemporary favorites.
  • Pinnacle Grill is the ultimate steakhouse at sea, with an exceptional menu of prime steaks, seafood and wine.
  • World Stage features innovative cruise ship shows and a two-story LED screen that creates a vivid wraparound display.
  • Sing along, test your music trivia knowledge or sit back and enjoy as chart-topping hits fill the Billboard Onboard room each night.
  • From the pages of rock 'n' roll's leading authority, our Rolling Stone Rock Room Band chronicles the best of the classic rock era.

Deck 3 - Promenade

  • The Dining Room is the flagship dining experience and is a welcoming and sophisticated setting for an exquisite breakfast, lunch or superb multicourse dinner.
  • Enjoy a wide variety of duty-free shopping onboard at The Shops.
  • Visit the Art Gallery, an expansive onboard gallery space exhibiting works by emerging artists curated from the destinations visited by the ships.
  • World Stage features innovative cruise ship shows and a two-story LED screen that creates a vivid wraparound display.

Deck 4 - Beethoven

  • Ideal for entertainment lovers, the Casino, Grand Dutch Café, The Dining Room and The Shops await one deck down.
  • One deck from the World Stage.
  • Get easy access to Plaza eateries.

Deck 5 - Gershwin

  • Reach the whole ship easily from this peaceful middle deck.
  • A variety of cabins are available on this deck plan; see accommodation descriptions for details.
  • There are no amenities or public spaces on this deck.

Deck 6 - Mozart

  • Reach the whole ship easily from this peaceful middle deck.
  • A variety of cabins are available on this deck plan; see accommodation descriptions for details.
  • There are no amenities or public spaces on this deck.

Deck 7 - Schubert

  • Get easy access to the Lido Market, Fitness Center and Greenhouse Spa & Salon located two decks up.
  • Conveniently close to the Upper Deck.
  • Exclusive to suite guests, Neptune Lounge is a private place to relax, socialize and enjoy personalized concierge service. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, a relaxing seating area and access to Wi-Fi for a small charge.

Deck 8 - Navigation

  • You’re never far from R&R on this deck. Lido deck pools, the Fitness Center and Greenhouse Spa & Salon await above. Conveniently close to Lido Market and restaurants.
  • The Bridge (command center) navigates the waters from here.

Deck 9 - Lido

  • Sea View Pool is an adults-only pool with the perfect spot to get some sun and watch the world sail by.
  • Lido Market is a casual modern marketplace that offers the widest range of food options onboard for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late-night snack.
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon is a heavenly retreat that nurtures every aspect of your well-being with renowned spa rituals and healing touches. In the spa, pamper your skin with facial treatments featuring premium, naturally sourced ingredients. Nurture your body, too, with massage treatments employing time-honored, hands-on massage techniques gleaned from around the world.
  • Take a class in our professionally staffed Fitness Center.

Deck 10 - Panorama

  • Explore traditional cuisines of Southeast Asia, China and Japan at Tamarind.
  • When you’re hungry, enjoy New York Deli & Pizza and Panorama Bar.
  • Nami Sushi offers a tempting array of sushi rolls with an homage to the ocean views you'll enjoy, created by master sushi chef Andy Matsuda.
  • At New York Deli & Pizza, choose from various scrumptious nine-inch thin-crust pies. Named for New York’s famed five boroughs, the signature pizzas are made to order and topped with only the finest ingredients.
  • Club HAL's Kids Club offers an array of entertaining events for kids and teens ages 3-17, supervised by full-time, professionally trained staff.

Deck 11 - Sun

  • The Sun Bar and Sun Deck are the perfect outdoor spaces for those who would rather soak up the sun and relax away from the often crowded pool areas.
  • Enjoy complimentary lessons, tournaments, courts and jogging tracks with amazing top-deck views at the Sports Courts.
  • Take in the spectacular sites and capture the best photos from this deck.

Deck 12 - Observation

  • The Retreat is an outdoor area that is perfect for guests looking for a quieter, more luxurious place to rejuvenate during their cruise. Enjoy the wonderful views and take in the relaxing atmosphere in private cabanas, lounge chairs, sun beds and exclusive bar service.
  • Explorations Central is exclusive destination programming designed to deepen your understanding of the places you visit. Sip elegantly prepared espresso drinks and nosh on fresh pastries from Explorations Café as you take in fantastic views.


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Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

This port is known for its beaches, arts scene and rich history. Explore museums and waterfront restaurants, go shopping, and enjoy water sports on the ocean.

Half Moon Cay
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

This private island is known for its wonders—from the sugar-white sand to the turquoise lagoon. Experience its secluded cabanas and delectable dining options.

Ocho Rios
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Take in the iconic jazz and reggae festivals. Spot colorful wildlife and plants as you hike in the rainforest and savor the delicious cuisine.

Georgetown, Cayman Islands

Warm breezes, clear seas and a thrilling culinary scene. From high-end restaurants to the diverse influence of many nationalities, delicious delights await you.

Cozumel, Mexico

This port boasts reliable sunshine plus attractions like underwater sculpture gardens and sailboat races. Explore ancient Mayan sites and shop for local crafts.


Come to where green islands rise out of turquoise waters and palm trees sway in tropical breezes. Make unforgettable memories as you draw closer to God in this bucket list destination.

Book with Confidence

Our attention to detail and dedication to excellence have set us apart as the foremost Christian travel management company since 1981.

As Christians we care that your travels are spiritually significant.

Top-ranked service with leading industry awards and accolades.

Over 1,500+ ministries have trusted us to manage their group events.

Every detail is triple-checked so you can enjoy every moment abroad.

Caribbean Cruise FAQs

Please carefully review the details of the Cancellation Policy below, as well as the full Terms & Conditions prior to booking your travel event.

All prices, penalties and change fees are quoted per passenger based on selected occupancy.


$500 deposit with reservation Credit card, personal check, cashiers check, or money order. Must be in U.S. funds.
October 3, 2023 Final Payment due
On or after October 3, 2023 Full Payment required

Reservation Change Fees

Today - October 17, 2023 $100
On or after October 18, 2023 No Changes Allowed
Additional fees may be assessed by suppliers for connections booked from your home city, as well as forced single occupancy due to roommate cancellation. Those fees charged will be passed to the passenger. 

Cancellation Fees

Today - October 17, 2023 $100 administration fee
October 18 - November 1, 2024 Deposit amount
November 2 - 16, 2024 50% of the total package
November 17 - December 14, 2024 75% of the total package
On or after December 15, 2024 No Refunds
Cancellations must be confirmed in the Inspiration office during regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Cancellation fees apply regardless of the reason for cancellation, including medical and family matters.
It is the personal responsibility of each passenger to fully comply with all Immigration and documentation requirements.


Most islands of the Caribbean possess a subtropical climate, with both wet and less wet seasons. During the wetter season—generally July to December—rainfall will vary from one island to another, depending on elevation, size and water currents. Common ports like the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico, St. Martin and Jamaica typically feature subtropical and tropical climates in which warm trade winds from the east and northeast bring occasional rainfall, with precipitation heaviest from May through October.


Packing Checklist

  • Casual clothes including pants, jeans, shorts, T-shirts, collared shirts or blouses
  • Light sweater or jacket
  • Semi-formal clothes or dress clothes for 1-2 evenings, depending on the length of your cruise
  • Bathing suit and a cover-up or wrap
  • Light raincoat or compact umbrella
  • Comfortable walking shoes or sandals with rubber soles
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Toiletries, in a sealed, clear bag inside your luggage
  • Minor First Aid care items such as Band-Aids, aspirin, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Medications in their original containers
  • Hair care appliances (see information on Using Electronics)
  • Small bag or backpack for port days; large enough to carry your camera and other personal items
  • Passport with separate photocopy


Dining Dress Code

Depending on the cruise line, there will be one to two nights of dressing up for dinner or other special events. We suggest a semi-formal dress or skirt and blouse for women and a dark suit for men. The remaining dinners on the cruise are informal—blouse and pants for women; and collared shirt with trousers for men. Remember that T-shirts, shorts or tank tops are not permitted in the dining room.


Packing Tips

Make certain your suitcase closes and fastens securely. Mark your luggage and carry-on bag with your name and address so you can distinguish them easily. We also recommend you put identification information—name, address and phone number—INSIDE your luggage in case the luggage tags are lost in transit. We also suggest keeping your essential toiletries and a one-day change of clothes in your carry-on. Do not pack your passport or travel documents in your luggage. It is suggested that you keep a color copy of the information page of your passport inside your luggage if your passport is lost.

For more information, please call one of our Reservation Coordinators at 800 247 1899, Monday through Friday between 8:30am – 5:30pm, Pacific Time.

We know how nice it is to have the convenience of home when traveling on a cruise. Bringing your electronics and hair appliances can enhance your overall travel experience. Every cruise ship has plugs that accept U.S. and Continental European devices, and you do not need to bring plug adaptors. Here are some things to know about your electronics before you pack them:


Phones, MP3 Players, Laptops, Cameras & Video Cameras

Most small digital devices have chargers that will fit in the plugs on a cruise ship. One thing to be mindful of is the limited plugs in each cabin; you may want to bring a multi-plug extension cord.


Blow Dryers, Curling Irons & Straighteners

Each stateroom has a hair dryer for your personal convenience. If you prefer your hair appliances, you may want to consider purchasing or borrowing compact and travel-friendly appliances.

For more information, please call one of our Reservation Coordinators at 800 247 1899, Monday through Friday between 8:30am-5:00pm, Pacific Time.

The scenic beauty of Caribbean can be enjoyed from onboard the ship and to make the most of your cruise vacation, you can also get out into the local ports. Shore excursions offer something for everyone. Choose from city tours, culinary explorations, shopping outings, cultural activities and more.

Because shore excursions have limited capacity and fill up quickly, we recommend you book early for the best selection on your cruise. Once you’ve booked your Inspiration cruise, check out the customized cruise line excursion list based on your itinerary. Using your cruise booking number, you can easily book shore excursions online as early as 60 days before your trip and up to 3 days before departure, depending on the cruise line.

Visit the cruise line’s website to find information on specific excursions:

You may also register for your Shore Excursions once onboard the ship. All shore excursion requests are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Waitlisted requests for sold-out shore excursions will be processed before requests made onboard.

For more information please call one of our Reservation Coordinators at 800 247 1899, Monday through Friday between 8:30am-5:00pm, Pacific Time.


We want to help make your trip as smooth and as enjoyable as possible. We can book motorcoach transfers for you from the airport to your cruise departure port and on your return trip.


Hotel Stays

Remember that you always have the option of arriving earlier or staying later. For example, hotel reservations may be available if you want to arrive a few days early before boarding your cruise or stay a few days after the cruise returns.

For more information please call one of our Reservation Coordinators at 800 247 1899, Monday through Friday between 8:30am-5:00pm, Pacific Time.

As you plan for your upcoming Christian cruise with Inspiration, you may wonder about using money and credit cards during your travels. We’ve made the following recommendations to help you save money, avoid unnecessary fees and focus on an exceptional travel experience.

  • Consider leaving all unnecessary credit cards at home.
  • Once you determine which cards you’ll bring, remember to notify each credit card company of your intended travel dates and locations to ensure fraud alerts and holds are not placed on your accounts.
  • For each card, you’ll want to store the bank’s contact information in a separate, secure location in the unlikely event your wallet or purse is lost or stolen.


Almost all Caribbean destinations accept U.S. credit or debit cards. If you plan to use your credit cards, you’ll want to check with each credit card company to determine the international exchange fee for each card. Because the difference of a few percentage points could cost you more (depending on your purchases), we recommend using cards with lower international exchange fees. Using your credit card for large purchases gives you more protection for the items you buy on your trip. You can review your credit card statement to verify all of your purchases.

The Bahamian dollar equals the U.S. dollar, and both are accepted interchangeably throughout the islands. The U.S. dollar is the official currency of Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The U.S. dollar is widely accepted in the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Belize, Honduras and St. Maarten. If traveling with currency other than the U.S. dollar you may exchange money on board the ship, although we always recommend checking the exchange rate before traveling to a foreign country.

For more information please call one of our Reservation Coordinators at 800 247 1899, Monday through Friday between 8:30am-5:00pm, Pacific Time.

Today’s technology allows you to stay connected while traveling—ensuring you get that memorable photo or message from your loved ones. On most ships, you should be able to use your cell phone or smartphone to do everything you’re used to doing at home. In addition, mobile phones provide convenient access for emergencies and confirming travel plans. Some basic guidelines and tips will help you save money, keep your phone working effectively and stay in touch.


Before you leave

Spending some time contacting your cell phone carrier before your trip will help ensure you can call friends and family back home and eliminate any surprises on your phone bill when you return. Let your phone carrier know your travel plans, including how you plan to use your phone on your cruise. You’ll want to make sure you understand all of the potential charges. Contact your carrier for specific information.

  • AT&T
  • Sprint
  • T-Mobile
  • Verizon


Check with your carrier for international dialing access

You will want to make sure international and cruise package dialing is active on your mobile phone plan so that you can use it in Caribbean ports, and remember that international and maritime roaming rates will apply to calls placed onboard the ship (charges will appear on your phone bill). Because roaming rates can be high on cruises, checking with your carrier for specific cost details before you leave is a good idea.


Aboard your flight and cruise

Your cell phone’s battery life is the key to keeping you connected. Below are some tips for staying powered up on your trip:

  • Remember to set your phone to Airplane Mode when you board your flight. You can also do this aboard the cruise when sailing to avoid roaming charges unless you have the cruise ship package with your carrier. This suspends all calling and texting functions but still allows you to play games, use your camera and listen to music, etc.
  • On the cruise, you’ll want to charge your phone every night to ensure enough battery life for the next day.
  • Try to turn off your phone when you’re not using it. Leaving your phone on all day drains the battery, so it’s a good idea to turn it off while you’re on a shore excursion, eating or reading.


Smartphone tips

As one of the most popular communication devices today, smartphones have revolutionized how we connect and the world. We know leaving your smartphone behind for an hour, much less multiple days is difficult. The following tips will help you save your phone’s battery life and get the most out of your smartphone while on the cruise:

  • Before your cruise, you’ll want to disable any applications that give you regular updates, such as sports reports and weather updates.
  • Disable the Data Enabled or Data Roaming option on your phone and keep it off until you reach your destination. Turn off the function for “Automatic” checking of emails and change the email settings to “Manual” to reduce data roaming charges. During your trip, you can check for email messages when connected to a free, wireless Internet connection, such as in a hotel lobby or Internet cafe while in port.


In-room phones and phone cards

If you choose to not bring your mobile phone, you can stay in touch with others while on your cruise using the in-room phones. Please make sure you understand all of the charges associated with this before you place your call, as the rates can be expensive.

For more information, please call one of our Reservation Coordinators at 800 247 1899, Monday through Friday between 8:30am-5:00pm, Pacific Time.

Your cruise vacation allows you to travel without the hassle of checking in and out of hotels, packing and unpacking, and spending valuable time trying to find quality restaurants–all with excellent service dedicated to enhancing your exceptional travel experience.

Each cruise line makes rewarding the excellent service you’ll receive onboard easy. A gratuity of $16-$19 per day (depending on the cruise line and cabin category), per guest for dining and stateroom services will be automatically added daily to your shipboard account. The cruise line also will automatically add an 18% service charge to beverages purchased through your onboard account. Before the end of the cruise, the Cruise Director will address more specific questions regarding tipping procedures.

If you take a taxi to the pier, it’s common to simply round up to the next dollar when paying your tab. The cab drivers appreciate this, and it is considered part of their income. When you arrive at the ship on embarkation day, we suggest tipping the porters at the pier $1.25 per bag when they take your luggage to place it on the ship.

A 15-20% tip for restaurant service workers is appreciated when visiting restaurants off the ship and during shore excursions.

Depending on your itinerary, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the cities, beaches and attractions of each island on your route. Most ports will have shopping districts within an easily walkable distance from the cruise ship. You’ll also want to spend time in the sun since the Caribbean is home to some of the best beaches in the world. Other adventurous activities, from snorkeling to rainforest ziplining, are available at many ports.

Here are a few articles with the top experiences we recommend:

Articles on how to pack and prepare for your Caribbean Cruise


Articles with cruising advice

We hope these suggestions and tips help answer your questions! If you have any other inquiries, please don’t hesitate to call our Reservation Coordinators at 800 247 1899 Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm Pacific Time.




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Traveler Experiences

“My husband & I deemed this our “Best Vacation Ever.” The Gospel Music Celebration Cruise to the Caribbean was like stepping on the shores of heaven for a week! What a blessing!”

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Rachel M.

Edison, NJ

“We had the Signature Service and it was exceptional. Inspiration always had a smile on their faces, and so willing to help out.”

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Deb & Sue S.

Pacifica, CA

“Concerts, comedy, the helpfulness of Inspiration...We loved the whole cast! Best vacation ever. Thank you, Jesus!”

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